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Has anyone added an "under the dash" ac unit and what did you pay-if I may ask? I just want to see what is reasonable when I start getting quotes. Also how involved/costly is the generator to alternator proceedure? It will have to be done before the additional heat relief. Would you think that this help/hurt resale? I think it would help here in Texas....
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Old 03-24-2004, 11:05 PM
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Default RE: Generator to Alternator Conversion

You can make the generator to alternator conversion quite easily. C.R.A.P. actually sells a bracket for this conversion http://www-link.com/cgi-bin/odbic.ex...lientno=1681.0 . Don't be put off by the name; it is top quality. You will also need a DA plug, so the alternator will charge at low engine speeds and that the engine won't run-on after you shut it off. the DA plug is available form Fifth Avenue Antique Auto Parts for $15 each plus shipping. Call 785-632-3450 or email at fifthave@oz-online. As with any alteration form original, it will take away value form the car. The good thing about this conversion is that is completely reversible, so it won't take too much away from value. I would advise picking up this month's Auto Restorer - April 2004 to learn more detail about the DA plug and the wiring required for this conversion. http://www.autorestorermagazine.com .

I have no experience with the aftermarket under dash A/C units. This will detract substantial value from your car since it will require cutting a hole in the firewall and is not easily reversible. Used original A/C units sell for about $1500 to $1800. I have complete dealer instructions on how to install these units if you are interested. Adding an original A/C unit will add value to the car.


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Default RE: Generator to Alternator Conversion

Thanks for the info. It already has the factory a/c. It was original to the car, but you might as well be blowing kisses in the wind for how it cools down the car. I had the motor rebuilt on it last summer and it blows cool, but since it's just the one small vent in the center of the car it doesn't really keep me close to cool. I actually don't get hot too easily, but when it hits 110 here it doesn't matter.

Part of the problem with using the a/c was that it would make my car overheat in no time. I guess I'll wait until I have the fan shroud & 5 blade fan installed before I go to the under the dash unit. Would the conversion help with the overheating?
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The conversion would not help the overheating, as the problem is that the radiator is too small for the car.

Brad Holt solved his overheating problems on his Squarebird by installing a puller electric fan and eliminating the water pump fan. He also has an alternator conversion which eliminates the problem of battery drain in traffic. Installing a better fan also will increase the cooling of the A/C system.

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Thanks again. I will be doing this in the next two weeks myself!
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Alexander,

Can you find out from Brad holt the size dia. CFM and make of the electric fan he installed.




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Brad tells me now that that was installed on the car when he bought it.

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